Live Acoustic Music Near Franklin, Massachusetts

If you've never experienced hearing talented musicians perform in a small, intimate environment, you are in for a treat.

House concerts are a growing trend across the country, where people invite friends and neighbors into their homes for an up-close concert experience. And there are many house concerts being held in and around the Franklin area that you can check out - you just need to contact the host and ask to be invited.

Churches and non-profit community groups around Franklin host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together. Local libraries also host free concerts that are open to the general public.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in several listening rooms and small theaters in and around the Franklin area. Local vineyards and restaurants and cafes in the area sometimes host nationally touring musicians as well.

Below you can find a listing of upcoming shows in these smaller venues by nationally and internationally touring artists.

Upcoming Acoustic Shows

September 30
Askew (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Providence, RI
September 30
The Music Porch (House Concert)
Reading, MA
September 30
The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Shirley, MA
September 30
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 1
Powerful & entertaining one-man theatre, weaving humorous stories, poetic drama and finely-crafted songs framed by nimble flatpicking, and delivered with warmth and down-home comfort
The Vanilla Bean (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Pomfret, CT
October 4
The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 6
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 6
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
October 7
The Met (Bar/Nightclub)
Pawtucket, RI
October 7
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
October 8
Cafe 939 (College/University)
Boston, MA
October 8
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 8
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
October 8
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 8
The Jethros take the stage at the Open Road Coffeehouse, plus an open mic set during the break. Refreshments available for sale. This is an alcohol-free event.
Open Road Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Rockland, MA
October 9
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 9
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 11
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 12
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 13
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 13
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
October 14
The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Shirley, MA
October 14
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 14
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Belmont, MA
October 14
Galactic Theatre (Listening Room)
Warren, RI
October 15
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 15
The Rec Room House Concerts (House Concert)
Belmont, MA
October 15
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 15
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Medford, MA
October 15
Cafe 939 (College/University)
Boston, MA
October 15
The Stomping Ground (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Putnam, CT
October 16
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 19
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 20
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 20
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Medford, MA
October 21
City Winery (Listening Room)
Boston, MA
October 21
Somerville Theatre (Small Theater)
Somerville, MA
October 21
An American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol
The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Shirley, MA
October 22
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
October 22
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 22
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Brockton, MA
October 22
One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, engaging audiences with joy, humor, and a personal touch. First woman to win the National Fingerstyle Championship.
Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Sharon, MA
October 22
Greg Klyma is a road-tested troubadour and a relentless songwriter. You'll find him weaving lanes between Tom Petty and Merle Haggard on music's highway.
Regent Theatre (Small Theater)
Arlington, MA
October 23
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 26
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 27
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
October 29
Sara Ullrika Watkins is an American singer-songwriter and fiddler. Watkins debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek
Groton Hill Music Center (Listening Room)
Littleton, MA
October 29
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 29
New Revival Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Stow, MA
October 30
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Franklin, Massachusetts

House Concerts

38 East Manning (Providence)
Common Fence Music (Portsmouth)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Log House Concerts (Westport)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)
The Music Porch (Reading)
The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)

Listening Rooms

2nd Shift Concerts at the Charles River Museum (Waltham)
City Winery (Boston)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Galactic Theatre (Warren)
Groton Hill Music Center (Littleton)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Sanctuary Maynard (Maynard)
Sandywoods Center for the Arts (Tiverton)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
Soundcheck Studios (Pembroke)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse at the Music Mansion (Providence)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Bristol Stone Church Coffeehouse (Bristol)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
South Shore Folk Music Club (Duxbury)
The Church Hill Coffeehouse (Norwell)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)

Vineyards & Breweries

Aeronaut Brewing (Somerville)
Merrimack Ales (Lowell)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Askew (Providence)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub (Pawtucket)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Broken Crust (Putnam)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Stomping Ground (Putnam)
The Vanilla Bean (Pomfret)

Libraries

Boyden Library (Foxborough)
Duxbury Free Library (Duxbury)
Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)
Robbins Library (Arlington)
Warwick Public Library (Warwick)

Small Theaters

Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
Norwood Theater (Norwood)
Regent Theatre (Arlington)
Somerville Theatre (Somerville)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center (New Bedford)

Outdoor Music Series

Bellforge Arts Center (Medfield)
Bridgewater Music Alley (Bridgewater)

Bars & Nightclubs

Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)
Green Dragon Tavern (Boston)
Nick-A-Nees (Providence)
Off the Hook (Quincy)
The Met (Pawtucket)
Toad (Cambridge)